Orivit Art Nouveau Claret Jug in Pewter and Cut Glass
An antique claret jug in clear glass with cut decoration in a silvery-gray pewter mount from Orivit AG
An antique claret jug in clear glass with cut decoration in a silvery-gray pewter mount from Orivit AG

Orivit Art Nouveau Claret Jug in Pewter and Cut Glass

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Part Number:670
  • Material:Pewter, Glass
  • Color:Silver, Transparent
A German Jugendstil / Art Nouveau claret jug in clear glass with cut decoration in a silvery-gray pewter mount from Orivit AG of Cologne, circa 1900. The antique wine jug has a hinged and domed lid with strong linear patterns around the spout and collar and a leafy detail in relief on either side. This element repeats in similar designs cut into the glass body. The handle resembles an elegant sinewy vine trailing down from the collar to enclose and support the vessel. Very good condition with a few minor scratches, measuring 11 in. H (at thumb rest) x 4.75 in. W (at widest part of the body). Fully marked with Impressed ORIVIT factory mark over model number 2243, with an additional E and 80 inside the lid. Claret is a term for French Bordeaux wine. Glass claret jugs with hinged lids gained popularity in the 19th century, becoming more elaborate from the 1880s onward. Wilhelm Ferdinand Hubert Schmitz founded Orivit-Metallwarenfabrik near Cologne, Germany in 1894 and the firm quickly gained attention for their luxurious and artistic metalware designs. Orivit won a Gold Medal at the Paris Exposition Universelle in 1900 followed by two Grand Prix awards and a Gold Medal at the 1904 St. Louis World’s Fair. The company was acquired by WMF (Wurttembergische Metalwaren Fabrik) in 1905 and remained in business until 1914.

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